Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick Foley
Rick Foley was a huge defenceman who played in the NHL and WHA in the early 1970s. The 6'4" 223-pounder was a force in the minors where he played an intimidating physical role and also displayed some offensive ability.

Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Foley played Junior B with the St. Thomas Barons and skated in the OHA with the Toronto Marlboros and Oshawa Generals. During the late 1960s he was dominant player in the EHL with the Charlotte Checkers and Jersey Knights. After scoring 175 points in 1968 and 1969, he was named to the EHL south first all-star team both years.

In 1970-71 he played two games with the Chicago Black Hawks but spent most of his time in the WHL with the Portland Buckaroos. He scored 71 points for Portland and led the league with 306 penalty minutes. Prior to the 1972-72, Foley was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and seemed to find an NHL home with 36 points. His success in Philly was short-lived and he was relegated to the minors in 1972-73 then traded to the Detroit Red Wings. The hulking blueliner played seven games for the Wings in 1973-74 then went to the AHL where he continued to rack up points and penalties.

Foley signed with the WHA's Toronto Toros in June 1975 then played a few games for them the following season. After several years of running into opponents, Foley's body was worn out. He played two years of senior hockey with the Brantford Alexanders then retired in 1978.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 30 6 24 30 64 9 3 5 8 23
1963-64 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 8 0 0 0 17
1963-64 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 8 0 3 3 42
1964-65 St. Thomas Barons OHA-B
1965-66 St. Thomas Barons ON-Jr.B
1966-67 Charlotte Checkers EHL 68 5 42 47 222 8 1 4 5 29
1967-68 Jersey<196>Charlotte Checkers EHL 71 17 78 95 192 14 5 7 12 69
1968-69 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 2 0 0 0 4
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 5 0 0 0 10
1968-69 Charlotte Checkers EHL 66 22 58 80 216 3 2 0 2 6
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 71 7 38 45 227 8 0 4 4 65
1970-71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 0 1 1 8 +1 4 0 1 1 4
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 66 17 54 71 306 9 2 9 11 44
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 11 25 36 168 -16
1972-73 Richmond Robins AHL 26 6 15 21 69
1972-73 San Diego Gulls WHL 31 5 14 19 110 6 2 6 8 32
1973-74 Detroit Red Wings NHL 7 0 0 0 4 -7
1973-74 Baltimore Clippers AHL 65 14 56 70 164 9 2 6 8 28
1974-75 Syracuse Eagles AHL 69 13 40 53 306 1 0 2 2 0
1975-76 Toronto Toros WHA 11 1 2 3 6
1975-76 Baltimore Clippers AHL 4 2 2 4 14
1976-77 Brantford Alexanders OHA-Sr. 17 2 14 16 76
1977-78 Brantford Alexanders OHA-Sr. 6 1 3 4 20
NHL Totals 67 11 26 37 180 4 0 1 1 4


EHL South First All-Star Team (1968, 1969)
WHL First All-Star Team (1971)
Claimed by Portland (WHL) from Toronto in Reverse Draft, June 13, 1968. Traded to Philadelphia by Chicago for Andre Lacroix, October 15, 1971. Selected by Miami-Philadelphia (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Detroit by Philadelphia for Serge Lajeunesse, May 15, 1973. Signed as a free agent by Toronto (WHA), June, 1975.